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1.8 Year 1: S - how words can combine to make sentences

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This resource is part of our grammar curriculum
Real Grammar
  • Covers every objective for years 1-6
  • Five-step sequence ensures deep understanding
  • Includes asssessment and revision tools

This Real Grammar resources pack provides everything that you need to successfully explore writing simple sentences with your pupils in Year 1 or to revisit this learning. Teaching slides, worksheets, games and an opportunity to apply the new learning in a writing task are all included to create a complete KS1 resource to teach joining words to form sentences.

What is a sentence?

A sentence is a group of words that is complete and makes sense when they are grouped together. It is a complete thought. A sentence can be a main clause on its own (often called a simple sentence) or two or more clauses can be combined to make a multiclause sentence.

A capital letter is used to mark the beginning of a sentence and a full stop is used at the end to show that it is complete. A real Grammar KS1 resource pack for capital letters and full stops is available.

How can I support Year 1 pupils to write complete sentences?

The resources in this pack provide plenty of opportunities for pupils orally to compose sentences. In year 1, encourage pupils orally to compose sentences before writing, identifying whether they ‘sound right’ and are complete.

What is included in this resource pack?

This pack is divided into five parts:


    This section includes PowerPoint teaching slides and teaching notes with an optional script to introduce how words can combine to form sentences. It can also be used to revisit this aspect of grammar with pupils.


    An independent activity for pupils to practise using what they have been taught, allowing teachers to assess understanding.


    A series of short, 10-minute activities that can be used following the TEACH session to revisit and rehearse what has been taught. These may be short writing tasks, grammar games or editing/proofreading activities.


    A short writing task where pupils can use the grammar skills taught in context to produce independent writing.


    Three SATs style test questions, including cloze activities and multiple choice quiz questions, based on the grammar that has been taught.

  • Teachers can choose which section of the resource pack to use according to their pupils’ needs and could use the activities over a series of lessons or weeks

    Teacher notes are provided to show how these quality resources could be used with pupils.

    How is this resource pack differentiated?

    The PRACTISE and REVISE sections include three activities differentiated for three levels of ability:

    • Worksheet 1 for pupils who may need support. Questions will have a lower cognitive domain (what is being asked of pupils) and/or vocabulary used may be simplified where possible.
    • Worksheet 2 for pupils working at age related expectations.
    • Worksheet 3 for pupils who may need an additional challenge and may be working at a greater depth in this area. Questions will have a higher cognitive domain with more challenging vocabulary.

    SUPPORT and CHALLENGE ideas are also included in the teacher notes of each section where relevant, with ideas of how to support pupils working towards the expected standard or at greater depth in this area.

    What pupil-facing resources are included?

    • TEACH

      PPT slides; model text ‘Pets’


      Practise 1, Practise 2 and Practise 3 worksheets


      Game 1 and game 2

    • APPLY

      PDF images of pets, writing sheet

    • REVISE

      PPT slides; Revise 1, Revise 2 and Revise 3 worksheets

    Answer sheets for all worksheets are provided, where appropriate.

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